Doctorate in Management Science (PhD)

The doctoral programme in management science aims to train researchers capable of making a significant contribution to the study of managerial issues independently. The activities of the programme are focused on research & development theories and the use of methodology as well as the analysis of data in social sciences.


The Swiss UMEF University has a distinguished international faculty, deeply involved in research & development, and very broadly published, that guarantee a high level of quality in training and in performing research on the subject of interest to the faculty.


The doctoral programme comprises seminars on different contemporary subjects as well as on research methodology which will allow students coming from a large diversity of backgrounds, to have in-depth knowledge necessary for their dissertation. By following these seminars, the doctoral students become familiar with the scientific approach.


The dissertation topic must be an original research project that will contribute to the development of the selected field of study.​

Research fields:​

In line with the qualifications and proficiencies of the professors teaching at UMEF, the following research fields are currently open:

  • Management and Leadership

  • Governance and strategic management

  • Risks and crisis management

  • Finance and Accounting

  • Public Management and Administration

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Luxury market

  • Human Resources

  • Supply chain in a global economy

  • Structure of commodity markets

  • Environmental management

  • Corporate social and environmental responsibility

  • The impact of high technology on management structures

  • International tourism

  • Smart tourism destinations


The subjects proposed to the doctoral students are those on which the research centre SARCEO works actively. Other subjects can be considered by the management of the academic department.

Duration of the Studies:

The duration of the studies varies from three (3) years for full time to five (5) years for those studying part-time. The duration of the studies may not exceed 10 semesters unless exemption granted by the Scientific Doctoral Committee or the Swiss UMEF University management.

Key Points:​

  • Organiser: School of Business

  • Duration of the programme: Three (3) years or five (5) years part-time

  • Faculty: International 

  • Teaching methods: Workshops, conferences, debates, case studies, symposia, and presentations

  • Teaching language: English or French or bilingual

  • Degree earned: Doctorate in Management Science (PhD)

  • Degree granted: By SWISS UMEF UNIVERSITY

  • Campus: Château d’Aïre, Geneva – Switzerland